Cannabidiol (CBD) originated way back in 1940 and it is just one of the 113 known cannabinoids in marijuana plants. It makes up around 40% of the extract in the plant. There was some clinical research done in 2018 that revealed some studies on CBD for the medicinal use of cognition, anxiety, pain, and movement disorders.
There are a few different ways that CBD can be taken. Inhaling the smoke or vapor from cannabis is one of the most popular ways, but also spraying an aerosol into the cheek or into the mouth. There is still ongoing research into CBD, but it is known to be safe, not addictive, and non psycho-active. CBD does not make a person feel high like THC will do. CBD and THC act on different receptors in the brain and CBD is even known to neutralize the effects from THC.
A lot of people that want the medicinal properties but don’t want to feel stoned will resort to CBD. It is known as the molecule with multiple purposes. In addition to the above noted medicinal uses, it also is used for autoimmune diseases like arthritis, neurological conditions like alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, huntington’s, stroke, and brain inury. Many patients use it for psychiatric illnesses such as autism, ADHD, PTSD, and even alcoholism.
Anti-cancer properties of CBD are currently being researched throughout many different academic centres around the nation. In a variety of studies, CBD was able to reduce the severity and number of seizures in patients with epilepsy syndromes. The FDA has even approved the first cannabis derived medicine called Epidiolex, and it contains CBD. Many patients who struggle with insomia also reap the benefits of CBD.
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I like to use a little CBD oil before I go to bed to relieve some of my arthritis pain.